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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Search in Mount Barker, South West

At 1200hrs on Friday 23rd November, Scent-Specific Tracking Team Glenys and Manhon (based in the Great Southern), were called to search for a 90 year old man on a farm just outside of Mount Barker.

Glenys and Manhon, along with their navigator, set off on their search on the farm and managed to find a good set of footprints to steer them into the right direction. The search included areas of farmland around a large dam and also small caves. Manhon showed good signs of picking up on the missing man's scent however after many hours searching they were stood down. It was upon their return to search base that the missing man was declared 'found' by his son on a dirt bike.

After chatting with the navigator who was with the son at the time of the find, Glenys discovered that they were only 500m short the the missing man's location and they were indeed on the correct scent trail to finding him before they were called to stand down. What a positive ending to the search: missing person found alive and safe and also knowing that our tracking team would have found him if they were able to continue.

Well done Glenys and Manhon!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wanneroo Dog's Breakfast

On Sunday the 4th November the K9 team headed to the Kingsley Sports Recreation Centre for the Annual Wanneroo Dog's Breakfast. We arrived at the event early and had the opportunity to look at all the stalls set up before the crowds arrived.

There were two rings set up in the centre of the event, one for agility demonstrations and one for sheepdog trials. A speaker from 96fm was the MC for the event and presented the 'face only a mother could love' competition. There were also demonstrations from small doggie clubs.

We were able to meet many of people and their dogs to promote the canine section and explain what we do.  It was so great to speak to other 'dog-lovers'. 

Unfortunately, at around 10.30am the event had to be officially cancelled due to severe weather conditions including a lightning strike nearby.

We were lucky to have our photo taken for the page 27 of the North Coast Times. Ashleigh with advanced area search dog, Jemma and Steph with area search dog, Karma. We're very much looking forward to being a part of the Annual Wanneroo Dog's Breakfast event next year.